Jan Vertonghen conquered the heart of his girlfriend Sophie de Vries when they were still in secondary school. By now the Red Devil and Dutch Sophie are married.
The defender first met beautiful Sophie when they were both going to the VMBO (preparatory career education) in Amsterdam Zuidoost, where he had been training in the Ajax football Youth Academy since he was 17. Sophie is from Amsterdam and after finishing secondary school she attended the College of the Arts. ,,She wants to be a director. Making theatre is her passion”, Vertonghen told AD.
Especially her feisty character appealed to the centre-back. ,,If we have a discussion she is not one to just give in. Whether I am interested in theatre? I like accompanying her to the plays she selects. Just a while ago we watched a Belgian play in the Engelenbak, a small theatre near the Dam. I need that, meeting other people and doing other things besides football. This is one of the reasons why I picked back up my education in Sports Management and Marketing at the Johan Cruyff University . I am in second year. Recently I had to write a paper on the strategy behind the separate sports paper AD issued this summer.”
By now Sophie de Vries is working: ,,My girlfriend works at the theatre and even moved to London for me. She has been a strong social influence and turned me into a cosmopolitan.” In 2014 Vertonghen asked his girlfriend to marry him, a year later their daughter Leyla was born.
Sophie – black hair, cute face – fell for things like the initially quite timid Vertonghen’s Flemish accent: ,,I think it’s a poetic language. It sounds expressive and smooth.” It is most certain Sophie de Vries, by now Sophie Vertonghen, will be encouraging her husband from the stands during the European Championship. She is also a regular visitor of the Tottenham Hotspur matches. Sophie has her own own website as a freelance theatre teacher.